Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year at Pinon Elementary School.
Ivanna Austell, Principal
Before School Program
Jennifer Kieltyka, Assistant Principal
It is with great enthusiasm that I write this introduction as the new Assistant Principal of Pinon Elementary School. I am incredibly grateful and excited to join the Panther Family! I look forward to working in partnership with Ms. Austell and the staff. I have always had a special place in my heart for Pinon since my own children attended here from 2000 until 2018. I also worked here one year as the SpEd contact person, a role that I am continuing along with the role of Assistant Principal. Prior to coming here I have held many roles from classroom teacher to Principal. I love working with teachers, students and parents, and look forward to working with you.
Leatha Murphy, Administrative Secretary
Kim Carr, Attendance Clerk
LAPS uses the School Messenger system to notify parents for reasons that impact safety and academic performance of students.
Once your child is enrolled at LAPS, you will be automatically enrolled to receive email notifications from School Messenger. LAPS highly recommends that parents also sign up for text messaging so that they may receive important announcements via text, such as emergency notifications. To sign up for text messaging, please follow these instructions in English or Spanish.
If you have a student in one of our schools, please ensure that your school contact information and emergency contact information is up-to-date.
If you need to make a change to your contact information, please call or visit your school office.
It is the policy of Los Alamos Public Schools that every effort should be made to administer all medications at home. When it is necessary that students receive medication at school, arrangements should be made with the school nurse. A nurse can administer medications at school if the proper forms are completed and have the required signatures. Different types of medication may require different forms. This could include approval for over the counter meds, prescription meds, inhalers, or other medication necessary for chronic conditions.
Below are some quick guidelines for administering medication at school; however, if you are unsure which forms you should complete, contact the nurse at your school.
- When it is necessary that a student receive medication at school for a chronic health condition, a Los Alamos Public Schools Permission For Administering Medication In Schools form must be completed each school year by a physician licensed to prescribe medication in the state of New Mexico, the student’s parent or guardian, the school nurse, and the principal.
- Options for administration include self-administration, supervised/assisted administration, and supervised self-administration (The regulations referred to above define these terms.)
- If a student has asthma, it is also necessary to notify the school nurse and complete a Student Asthma Information form. A parent who wants a student to carry an inhaler should speak directly to the school nurse to make these arrangements, and to discuss having a back-up inhaler available in the nurse’s office.
- If a student has a short-term medical problem requiring self-administration of medication at school, the student or parent should notify the nurse. Arrangements can be made to bring one day’s dose of the medication, appropriately labeled (student’s name, medication name, dose, what it is for, when it is to be taken) to school.
- Students are not allowed to carry bottles of medication containing more than one school day’s dose.
- Students are also not allowed to share medication at school.
- Law requires a nurse to have an order from a physician in order to administer medication. School nurses may not administer medications at school outside the rules already discussed. This applies even to over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol.
- It is important for students and parents to plan ahead when medication at school is anticipated. For example, arranging medication needs in advance, for conditions such as migraine headaches and asthma, will help the school nurse keep students safe and comfortable at school.
Parents and visitors are welcome on campus with prior notice to the teacher. The following guidelines have been established for the safety of all students. Parents who volunteer regularly must complete a background check provided by the LAPS Human Resource office. All visitors must report to the office for confirmation. Parents should not pick up other children (neighbors) without a written note from the parent. Parents wanting to visit a classroom or dropping off lunch, snacks or other items for the class, must check with the office. Prior arrangements for classroom visits are required.
Should an emergency or disaster situation ever arise in our area while school is in session, we want you to be aware that the schools have made preparations to respond effectively to such situations. In fact, public schools in New Mexico are built to meet stringent construction standards, and they may be safer than your own home in the event of a disaster.
Should we have a major disaster during school hours, your student(s) will be cared for at this school. Los Alamos Public Schools have detailed emergency response plans, which have been formulated to respond to a major catastrophe. While the specific details of these plans cannot be made public, we will provide any information necessary for your emergency planning needs and peace of mind, in case of an emergency. After you have thoughtfully reviewed this process, please sit with your child(ren) and help them to understand that it is necessary for them to follow the directions of any school personnel in times of an emergency drill or actual emergency situation. The safety of all depends on all personnel and students treating drills and emergency directions with serious respect.
Your cooperation is necessary in any emergency:
- Do not telephone the You can receive updated information through an emergency communication system, provided by the school district and Los Alamos County. Telephone lines may be needed for emergency communication.
- In the event of a serious emergency, students will be kept at their schools until they can be picked up by an identified, responsible adult who has been listed as such on a LAPS emergency card, which is required to be completed by parents/guardians at the beginning of each school year. Please be sure you consider the following criteria when you authorize another person to pick up your child at school:
- S/He is 18 years of age or
- S/He is usually home during the
- S/He could walk to school, if
- S/He is known to your
- S/He is both aware and able to assume this
During an extreme emergency, students will be released at designated reunion sites, to be identified by the Incident Commander and located on school campuses. Please instruct your student to remain at the school until you or your designee arrives.
- Turn your radio to AM 1610 for emergency If students are to be kept at school, radio stations will be notified. If electrical service is not affected, information will be relayed via LAPS to the radio and television broadcast media. In addition, information regarding day-to-day school operations will be available by accessing our website, or subscribing to our E-Alerts web-based system. All sites have hotline numbers, which will be updated.
- In the event that any emergency takes place during the time that students expect to be transported to or from school:
- If students are on the bus at the time, they will be kept on the bus, and the driver will ask for assistance through radio contact with the school and district
- Any child who is home waiting for the bus will not be picked up and remains the responsibility of the parent or
- In any situation, if the student’s bus does not arrive at the stop within fifteen (15) minutes, the student should return
- In the event that an emergency occurs in the afternoon, the driver will make every attempt to continue delivering the students to their homes. Should road conditions prevent the driver from delivering students to their home or to school in the morning, the students will be delivered to the nearest district site, and that site’s personnel will communicate with home school personnel to inform them of the students’
- In case of a hazardous release event (i.e. chemical spill) near the school area, Shelter procedures will be implemented to provide “in place” All students and staff will clear the fields, report to their rooms, and all
efforts will be made to prevent outside air from entering the classrooms during the emergency. “Shelter-In-Place” signs will be placed in classroom windows or hung outside classroom doors during a drill or emergency. Students arriving at school during a Shelter drill or event should report to the school office or to a previously designated area at the school because classrooms will be inaccessible. When the dangerous incident has subsided, an “all clear” signal will be given.
In the case of a county-wide evacuation, which would include the schools, that evacuation would proceed in accordance with the protocols established in the Los Alamos County Emergency Operations Plan. Please access the County’s website for this county-wide evacuation plan.
Parental Roles in Emergency Preparedness
- Discuss the Standard Response Protocol with your child(ren)
- Please make sure to update your student’s school emergency Call or come by the school to update. Remember to update again when necessary.
- Sign up for E-Alerts on the school and district You’ll be notified by email whenever an emergency results in a delay, cancellation, or early dismissal.
- As part of your family plan, know your student’s Please check the accuracy of this schedule with your child.
- Parents with students currently taking emergency medication (i.e. medication for diabetes, seizures, anaphylaxis, asthma, etc.), please provide the nurse with a three-day supply of medication in a prescription container that is clearly marked with your child’s name and Please include doctor’s orders for the prescription and parental permission for a dispensation of the medication and any special storage instructions.
- Notify and provide the school with the special dietary needs of your
You might want to think about having your student have a change of clothes and personal hygiene articles (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, contact lens kit) in their locker.
Please discuss these matters with your immediate family. Planning ahead will help alleviate concern during emergencies.
Click here to access the 2022-2023 school supply lists.